A Short History
Eating and Drinking in Dublin
Things to do in Dublin
Dublin might be the music-centric city in the world. Sure, more famous musicians have come out of New York or London or L.A., but those cities are so big and with so many other industries present, they dwarf the music scene. And, Nashville seems more corporate in its approach.
Music is everywhere in Dublin and you can get your fix by stopping in one of the many pubs that offers live music, by seeing a concert in a more formal setting, or tracing the steps of one of the famous musicians who got their start here.
U2 is one of the most popular bands in rock and roll history. All four members are Dubliners (Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. were born here, Edge and Adam Clayton moved to Dublin with their families as very young children).
The members of U2 started as a punk band called Feedback in 1976. They changed their name and were signed to Island Records a couple years later and released their first album “Boy” in 1980. Worldwide success soon followed with classic releases like “The Unforgettable Fire” and “The Joshua Tree.” To date, the band has sold over 50 million records.
Although a walking tour of U2 sights no longer operates in Dublin (it ceased operations a couple years ago), many sights linked to the band are still around like St. Fintan’s High School where Feedback played their first gig, or the East Link Bridge which is features in the (Pride) in the Name of Love video, or the Grand Canal Docks where the cover for “October” was shot.
A couple spots not to miss are the Little Museum of Dublin with its small but interesting U2 display and the Clarence Hotel which is owned by Bono and The Edge. The Octagon Bar in the hotel is upscale just like the hotel, but fans might want to camp out at the bar because members of the band sometimes hang out here when they are in town.
The band’s website has done an outstanding job of listing all the best U2 sites in Dublin along with descriptions of their importance, hours, etc. Essential.
The exterior of the Bloom’s Hotel has a giant mural featuring Leopold Bloom and Buck Mulligan.
Dublin’s hipster enclave
Dublin Airport (DUB)
International airport with direct flights to North American, Hong Kong, the Middle East, and most major cities in Europe.
Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART)
Light rail services Dublin and her suburbs.
The city has an extensive bus system but it can be slow and delayed due to frequent traffic jams.
Dublin’s tram system isn’t extensive, but is fast and efficient.
Card can be loaded with money and used on DART, DublinBus and Luas.
Hundreds of bike rental stations throughout the city.
Fab Food Trails
Food tour of Dublin (also does a food tour of Cork).
Historic prison where many Irish Nationalists were executed after the Easter Rising.
Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland
The Proclamation Sculpture
Near Kilmainham Gaol, a stark and upsetting memorial to those executed after the Easter rising. Rowan Gillespie also created the famine memorial.
Inchicore Road, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin General Post Office
Site of the 1916 Easter uprising.
O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland
Arbour Hill Cemetery
Final resting place for many leaders of the 1916 Easter uprising.
Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin, Ireland
Garden of Remembrance
Dedicated to those who died for the cause of Irish Freedom.
Parnell Sq., Dublin 1, Ireland
Stirring sculptures remember those lost to the 19th century famine.
St Stephen's Green Park, North Dock, Dublín, Ireland
Replica of a “coffin ship” used to transport Irish migrants across the Atlantic.
Custom House Quay, Dublin, Ireland
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Interactive museum of the Irish emigration experience.
The Chq Building, Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin, Ireland
Irish Family History Center
Genealogy consultation included with ticket price. Get the combo ticket with EPIC if visiting both.
The Chq Building, Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin, Ireland
Lovely views of Dublin, especially at sunset.
S Wall, Poolbeg, Dublin, Ireland
Guided tours of Trinity College, some include the Book of Kells.
Trinity College Old Library
The Book of Kells and Proclamation of the Irish Republic are on display.
Grafton St., College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Dublin’s Medieval castle.
Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
St. Stephen’s Green
One of the best green spaces in Dublin.
Grafton St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Home of a Caravaggio masterpiece and 30 works by Yeats. Permanent collection has free admission; open late on Thursday.
Merrion Square West & Clare Street, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Gallery (The Hugh Lane)
Impressionist works and Francis Bacon’s studio are highlights.
Charlemont House, Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland
Jameson Distillery Bow Street
Whiskey tasting and tour at the former distilling site.
Bow St, Smithfield Village, Dublin, Ireland
The #1 attraction in Dublin. Book online to save over 25%.
St James's Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland
Irish Whiskey Museum
You’re in Ireland, what did you expect?
119 Grafton Street, Dublin, D02 E620, Ireland
The Little Museum of Dublin
Quirky museum’s artifacts include James Joyce’s death mask and a room dedicated to U2.
15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland
Dark Land Tour
Adults only interactive storytelling experience of Irish folklore in the National Leprechaun Museum.
Twilfit House, Jervis St, Dublin, Ireland
Famous as the location in Ulysses where Leopold Bloom buys “sweet lemony wax.”
1 Lincoln Place, Dublin, Ireland
Oscar Wilde House
Playwright’s childhood home is a museum.
1 Merrion Square W, Dublin, D02 NH98, Ireland
Statue of Oscar Wilde
Lived in England, buried in Paris, but born in Dublin, so the city claims him as a favorite son. Statue is across from his boyhood home.
Corner of Merrion Square Park, Dublin, Ireland
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Built on the spot where St. Paddy supposedly began baptizing the Irish. Jonathan Swift’s remains are here as well.
21-50 Patrick's Close, Off Clanbrassil St., Dublin, Ireland
Some of the oldest books in history. Near St. Patrick’s.
St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
Huge (1750 acres!) park for walking, relaxing, or playing soccer.
Parkgate St., Conyngham Road, Dublin 8, Ireland
Christ Church Cathedral
One of the most beautiful churches in Ireland.
Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
Iconic and photogenic bridge.
14 Bachelors Walk, Wellington Quay, Dublin, Ireland
Phil Lynott Statue
Statue dedicated to the great Thin Lizzy frontman.
Harry St, Dublin, Ireland
Memorial to famous Irish comedian Dermot Morgan.
Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland
Fr. Pat Noise Memorial Plaque
Plaque dedicated to a man who never existed erected by a fake organization. Great Irish humor.
O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
Smock Alley Theater 1662
Theater with a wide variety of productions.
6-7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland
Food and Drink
Murphys Ice Cream
Best ice cream in town. Sorbet made with distilled Irish rainwater.
27 Wicklow Street,, Dublin, Ireland
Vegetarian and vegan restaurant.
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin, Ireland
Pizza and booze well done on both counts.
37 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin, Ireland
Rotating vendors provide a wide variety of food and drink.
09-10 Richmond St S, Dublin, Ireland
Vegan fish and chips (in the Eatyard). Their slogan; “Give Fish a Break.”
09-10 Richmond St S, Dublin, Ireland
Michelin starred Scandinavian restaurant. Reservations required.
Joshua House, 21 Dawson St, Dublin, Ireland
Michelin starred restaurant worthy of a splurge. Vegetarian menu also available.
18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland
Great place for Colcannon.
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
High end fine dining experience.
The Merrion Hotel, 21 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland
Sova Vegan Butcher
Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a vegan restaurant that makes plant-based versions of meat dishes like sirloin steak.
51 Pleasants Street, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
Pizzeria specializing in vegan pies (meat options, too).
Royal Exchange 6 Parliament Street, Dublin, Ireland
Tasty salad bar and soups.
42 Drury Street, Dublin, Ireland
Lots of locally sourced ingredients.
18 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
Retro restaurant and gaming parlor with lots of classic video games and pinball machines.
72-74 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland
Lunch and pre-theater menus are a good value at this Michelin recommended restaurant.
11 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
Indonesian restaurant in Temple Bar.
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin, Ireland
Queen of Tarts
Excellent bakery and breakfast spot. Two locations.
3 - 4 Cow's Lane Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland
Lots of local and organic ingredients; they like fermentation, too.
Fumbally Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Gaillot et Gray
French style wood fired pizza.
59 Clanbrassil St Lwr, Dublin, Ireland
Best falafel in town. 3 locations.
Sandwich shop and coffee house with locally roasted beans.
16 Mary's Abbey, North City, Dublin, Ireland
Excellent Neapolitan pizza.
58 Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland
200 year old pub with traditional interior.
9 South Anne Street, Dublin, Ireland
Craft beer with a 90’s alt-rock soundtrack.
30 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland
Pub with live entertainment 7 nights a week.
78 Camden Street, Dublin, Ireland
Classic pub with a nice outdoor seating area.
139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland
Fallon & Byrne Wine Cellar
A wine bar in Dublin? Yup, and a mighty good one, too.
11-17 Exchequer St, basement, Dublin, D02 RY63, Ireland
John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers
Next to a cemetery, thus the name. Excellent Guinness.
1 Prospect Square Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin D09 CF72 Ireland
Authentic Dublin pub with the best Guinness in town. JFK visited here in 1945.
8 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
The place to watch rugby and enjoy a pint.
129 Capel Street, Dublin, Ireland
The Long Hall
Definitely old school. Been in business for over 250 years.
51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
The Black Sheep
Owned by Galway Bay Brewery. Craft beers on tap.
61 Capel St, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland
Pub where locals gather.
31 Fleet St, Dublin, Ireland
A drinking pub with a music problem.
77 King St N, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland
Live music pub renowned for its hospitality.
1 Dame Ct, Dublin, D02 TW84, Ireland
Live music every night. Where the Dubliners group got their start.
15 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
Doheny & Nesbitt
150 years and still going strong. One of the most famous pubs in Dublin for good reason.
5 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland
Old Royal Oak
Locals’ hangout. The real deal.
11 Kilmainham Ln, Dublin, Ireland
The Brazen Head
Ireland’s oldest pub dating to 1198 (!)
20 Lower Bridge St, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 WC64, Ireland
Arthur’s Jazz and Blues Pub
Right next to the Guinness Storehouse, so the pints are fresh. Music upstairs.
28 Thomas Street West, Dublin, Ireland
The Temple Bar
Dublin’s most famous and touristy bar.
47 / 48 Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Vintage Cocktail Club
Refined cocktail bar. Reservations required.
15 Crown Alley, Dublin, Ireland
Friendly pub where Michael Collins used to hang.
88 Marlborough St, North City, Dublin, Ireland
6 Stoneybatter, Arran Quay, Dublin, Ireland
In the Clarence Hotel owned by Bono and The Edge of U2. Band members sometimes hang out here.
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Ireland
Irish Design Shop
High quality Irish housewares, crafts, and gifts.
41 Drury St, Dublin, Ireland
Ulysses Rare Books
The place to dig for that rare James Joyce edition.
10 Duke Street, Dublin, Ireland
Great Irish cheese.
11 South Anne Street, Dublin, Ireland
Irish woolen scarves, throws, and wraps.
11-13 Suffolk Street, Dublin, Ireland
The shop for Irish music.
2 Cecilia Street, Dublin, Ireland
Open Air Art Gallery
Artists display their work for sale every Sunday.
Merrion Sq. W., Dublin 2, Ireland
Artists Co-Op with unique art pieces and souvenirs. Check out the street art nearby.
3 Aston Place, Dublin, Ireland
Book store with radical politics as evidenced by the name.
43 E Essex St, Dublin, Ireland
Temple Bar Square Book Fair
Open air book fair every weekend. Music, too.
Temple Bar Square, Cearnóg Bharra an Teampaill, Dublin, Ireland